News Reading Scores Are Wonderful: Interview with Joan Leach

January 16, 2008

“Our reading scores are wonderful, and our superintendent loves it” exclaims elementary principal Joan Leach.

Leach and her team transformed Raymond Elementary School into a 2007 Washington State School of Distinction. This award is given to schools that have improved the most in reading and math on the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) test. Even though 68% of students in the school qualify for free and reduced lunch, an impressive 92% of 4th graders passed the reading portion of the WASL in 2007. (The state average was 37% free and reduced and 77% passing.)

Principal Leach credits Read Right, a new constructivist reading intervention program, for the dramatic turnaround of students’; reading abilities and the consequent transformation of her school. “We absolutely adore this program. It works!! My teachers are feeling good because they see kids being successful. It’s nice to see real growth.”
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